Most helpful positive review
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
Bought this as a nicer every-day wearing watch. I got tired of wearing a rubber G-Shock all the time. The G-Shocks are fantastic, durable watches, just not very classy at the office or going out to dinner.
For the money, this Seiko is a super nice looking watch that isn't so expensive that I'll feel bad replacing it after 5 or so years if it gets noticeably beat up from wearing it all the time (which they all do eventually).
* It's almost cliche with watch reviews anymore, but it's true, it looks way nicer in person than the photo.
The dial is a deep, rich blue with a lighter, medium blue inner tach ring, which combined with the two-tone polished and brushed stainless on the outside is very classy and understated. This is a confident, adult watch; it just gleams nicely without begging for attention.
* Solar: Keeps the hassle factor to a minimum.
* Size is 44mm, so on the large(ish) side, but masculine; not comically large like Diesels or Invictas. I have an average-to-slightly-above sized wrist, and it's the perfect size for presentation and feel, in my opinion.
* Seiko Quality: Keeps great time, easy to set. Looks and feels like a quality piece.
* Good illumination: I was able to read the time in the dark, all through the night, right up until dawn. My cheaper quality watches lose their lume after an hour or two.
* Easy to size the band. I removed one link easily at home with an improvised push pin and a pair of needle nose pliers in about 15 minutes (10 minutes to learn how on youtube and only about 5 minutes to actually remove it).
* Raised Bezel: I don't like flush mount bezels that allow the crystal/glass to touch if set face down. I prefer some raised portion of the bezel that helps protect the glass, even if only a little.
* The large 'second hand' is for the Chronograph only. It otherwise sits motionless at the 12 position, which is just odd and interferes with the ease of reading the time. I'd rather it work the opposite and see it act like a normal sweep hand as would normally be expected, and have the smaller dial as the chronograph hand, which would be used much less often and wouldn't interfere with reading the time. Even if you know it does that before you buy it, it's an awkward design in my opinion, and keeps it from being a 5-star watch.
For the sake of full disclosure:
I just like the looks of Chronographs, I honestly don't care about the stopwatch or alarm functions.
Others have said the alarm volume is weak, which is probably true. For me, almost all watch alarms are too weak and too fussy to bother with compared to my smart phone anyway. If I'm on vacation or traveling, I'm most likely going to take my G-Shock, so this watch is strictly for day to day wear, telling the time, and looking good doing it.
So in summary, the positives outweigh the negatives by a long shot.
Watches run from $15 to $100k+, so a meager 5 star rating system must factor in the value/price range of the watch.
At around $150 - $160, this is a fantastic looking, high quality watch.